The Eleventh Annual WBUR Gala Celebrating 35 Years with Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Featuring special guests from NPR, including Scott Simon, Robert Siegel,
Susan Stamberg and Nina Totenberg, as well as all your favorite WBUR hosts
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Festive business attire
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and silent auction 7 p.m. Dinner, live auction and program 9:30 p.m. RadioLounge afterparty, featuring soda-shop treats and jukebox tunes.
Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize
WBUR honors legendary journalist Daniel Schorr by awarding the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize to a rising public-radio journalist whose accomplishments reflect Schorr's legacy. Presented by James and Nancy Bildner.
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
Parking is available.
From the north (Storrow Drive)
Take Interstate 93 South to Storrow Drive (exit 26). Follow Storrow Drive for 2 miles and take the Fenway exit (left exit). Bear left, following Boylston Street inbound, and make a right on Dalton Street at the fifth light.
From the west (MassPike)
Take Route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to the Prudential Center underground exit (exit 22). At the fork in the tunnel, follow the Prudential Center sign. Once above ground, you will be on Huntington Avenue. Turn right at the traffic light on Belvidere Street. The hotel entrance is on the corner of Belvidere and Dalton streets.
From the south (I-93)
Take Interstate 93 North to Massachusetts Avenue (exit 18). Turn left on the Mass Ave Connector, then turn right on Massachusetts Avenue. Follow Massachusetts Avenue for 1¼ miles and turn right on Huntington Avenue. At the second light, turn left on Belvidere Street. The hotel entrance is on the corner of Belvidere and
The gala will feature both a live and silent auction. Check below for just a selction of the night's available items.
A Thomson Safaris Tanzania Safari for Four,
Including Round-Trip International Flights
Bid on a photographic wildlife safari for four with round-trip international flights, valued at $35,160. Experience the world-famous Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, while staying in private, ecofriendly bush accommodations. See giraffes, lions, zebras, elephants and more. You and your guests will travel through Tanzania for 12 days led by a skilled and experienced guide. A pre-trip safari consultant will even help you pack and prepare for this trip of a lifetime. Enjoy Thomson's 30-year tradition of superior safari experiences.
Special Restrictions: Flights must be booked through Thomson Safaris and must depart from Kennedy Airport, Newark Airport or Boston Logan Airport. The safari and flights are not transferrable or redeemable for cash, nor are any unused portions of the trip. Personal expenses en route to Tanzania, such as tourist visa, travel insurance, vaccines, etc., are not included. Tipping of guides and camp crew is customary and is not included with this offer. Notification of cancellation must be made in writing 90 days prior to departure. Should you cancel your trip within 90 days of departure, you will forfeit your trip. Winner must travel within one year of successful bid.
Dinner Party with a WBUR Host
$7,500 Catering Package
Planning your next big bash or an intimate dinner party at your home? Let Flora Restaurant of Arlington cater your next shindig and have a WBUR hos—Bob Oakes,Tom Ashbrook, Robin Young, Anthony Brooks, Meghna Chakrabarti, Sacha Pfeiffer or Bill Littlefield—attend as your personal guest. Flora will help you plan your party and prepare a customized menu selected by you for your guests to enjoy. Catering package is valued at $7,500.
Special Restrictions:$7,500 credit includes food, beverages, rentals and set-up fees. Some blackout dates may apply.
This bike tour will find you and your guest under the Tuscan sun as you cycle through some of the world's most beautiful countryside: gentle green hills, cypresslined byways, and ancient towns perched atop lush hills like medieval crowns. It feels like a privilege to bike in Tuscany among Etruscan villages, medieval fortresses and Renaissance masterpieces. But perhaps the greatest masterpiece of this storied land is its wine. Among endless pastures of olive groves and vineyards, you'll stop to sample the finest Brunello, Super Tuscan, Vino Nobile and Chianti Classico. This package includes a $2,500 gift card to East Coast Alpine for new bicycles, so you can continue the adventure at home.
Special Restrictions:Airfare is not included. Trip is valid for any available scheduled Tuscany tour date in 2013. The offer is subject to availability—tour must have at least four people already booked, is not redeemable for cash, and is non-transferable.
An Exclusive Visit to Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! in Chicago
If you've ever tuned in to Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, NPR's oddly informative news quiz, and wondered who was laughing so hard in the background, now's your chance to find out. In fact, you can be one of the folks laughing on the show, because the winning bidder and a guest will be part of the live audience at a taping of Wait Wait. You and your guest will fly to Chicago, spend two nights in an elegant hotel and see the show—with host Peter Sagal, judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell and some of your favorite panelists. After the taping, you'll have the chance to meet Peter and Carl in person. For any fan of the lightning-fast wit and timely information that Wait Wait provides, this will be an unforgettable trip.
Special Restrictions:Date to be arranged in consultation with Wait Wait staff. Round-trip airfare from Boston (Logan Airport) or New York (JFK). Winner must travel within one year of successful bid.
This Art Deco showstopper of a ring features a majestic, gleaming 2.02-carat, old European cut center diamond. The ring displays etched wheat patterns in precious platinum, while diamond accents sparkle in pierced panels (approximately 2.32 carat total weight). This one-of-a-kind piece is estimated to originate from the 1930s and comes with an independent third-party appraisal. Retail value of $15,265.
Brilliant Earth's collection of unique antique rings originates from romantic eras of the past. With their timeless beauty and magical quality, these vintage rings are a perfect choice for any special occasion.
Let your imagination soar for your next home improvement project with a $15,000 gift certificate, courtesy of Payne/Bouchier. They will help you with all the details for your home office, entertainment center, cabinetry, custom storage or any other project you desire to enhance your home. A leader in high-quality building for over 25 years, Payne/Bouchier proudly builds, restores and renovates fine homes throughout New England, bringing excellence and fine craftsmanship to every project. Payne/Bouchier's continuing commitment to service and quality has earned the company a respected place among Greater Boston's finest builders.
Special Restrictions:Gift certificate must be redeemed within one year.
At Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting of Boston and Salem, their mission is to provide the finest rugs in the world while treating their customers to the best service possible. The winner will receive a $5,000 gift certificate to Landry & Arcari, which offers New England's largest, most diverse collection of handwoven rugs and fine wall-to-wall carpeting. 2006, 2007, 2011 “Best of Boston” winner, and 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 “Best of Boston Home” winner.
Cody for Boys and Girls is part of a camping heritage that goes back to 1926. Nestled on the sandy beaches of beautiful Lake Ossipee amid New Hampshire's White Mountains, Cody offers a traditional summer camp experience for both girls and boys, ages 7 to 15. The magnificent National Forest setting, nearly 100 naturally wooded acres, provides unlimited outdoor opportunities in addition to the many in-camp activities such as team sports, swimming and other watersports, and individual activities from archery to arts and crafts. Two two-week sessions, each valued at $2,900, are available for bid.
Special Restrictions:One session per family; boys or girls ages 7 to 13 are eligible for this offer. Available session dates: 6/23-7/6, 7/21-8/3 and 8/4-8/17.
Settebello of Harvard Square, Cambridge, is a specialty retailer of European clothing, shoes and accessories for women since 1964. Their collection offers tailored elegance, luxurious knitwear, handcrafted Italian shoes and leather goods. The winner will receive a gift certificate of $1,000 to shop in a little corner of Europe in Cambridge.
Brian Dunn, Corporate Development Chef for Roche Bros., will prepare a four-course gourmet meal or teach a cooking class in your home for up to eight people. A Supermarket Chef Showdown Finalist and Johnson & Wales alum with experience as a private and restaurant chef, Chef Dunn will bring Roche Bros.' famous quality and service into your kitchen. A $2,000 value.
Special Restrictions:Chef Dunn will work with the winner to select a date and build a menu. Food for the dinner will be furnished by Roche Bros. Beverages are not included. Must be redeemed within one year.
Catchlight Painting offers fine residential painting with a commitment to the environment. Achieving a fine finish, one that beautifully complements the architecture of a historic or contemporary home, is a Catchlight trademark. The winner will receive a $7,500 credit for their next interior or exterior residential painting project.
Special Restrictions:Deleading or lead abatement is not included. If faux finishes or wall-covering installation are involved, this will reduce the allowable hours, and final hourly allowance will be determined after project review. Credit must be redeemed within one year.
A favorite for generations of families, the Gardner Mattress Corporation has been manufacturing quality custom-size, odd-size and handmade mattresses right in their own Salem factory for almost 80 years. The winner will receive a $4,000 gift certificate to use toward the purchase of a custom quality mattress, box spring or bedding accessories.
Special Restrictions:$4,000 gift certificate must be applied to at least $2,500 toward the purchase of a mattress or box spring. Excludes Tempurpedic. Delivery only to the Greater Boston area.
Didriks has everything you need to create the perfect living environment—from fine outdoor and indoor furnishings to exquisite tableware and home accessories. Didriks’ brands include Match pewter dinnerware, Libeco Home linens, Simon Pearce glass and pottery, Chilewich placemats and floor mats, Barlow Tyrie outdoor furniture and much more. The winner will receive a $1,500 gift certificate to use at Didriks, located just outside Harvard Square in Cambridge or online at www.didriks.com. Two $1,000 gift certificates are also available for bid.
As New England’s largest and most comprehensive violin shop, Johnson String Instrument demonstrates its love for music with the more than 20,000 instruments, bows and accessories offered at its store in Newton Centre and online at johnsonstring.com. Their selection of cases, metronomes, music stands, Suzuki materials, tuners, tailpieces and hard-to-find special items is second to none. The winner will receive a $2,100 gift certificate to spend toward the purchase of any item in the store or on instrument restorations and repairs.
Expand your culinary vision by hosting your very own cooking party for up to 12 guests at Create a Cook. Choose from one of their menus, invite your friends, and they’ll provide the chefs, the food, the cleanup and the fun! A cooking school based in Newton, Create a Cook also offers corporate team building, bachelorette parties, date-night couples’ classes and more. A $1,000 value. Three packages are available for bid.
Special Restrictions:Must be redeemed within one year.
Increase your home’s value and enhance your lifestyle! The winner will receive a $7,500 credit from Weston Nurseries for any Garden Center purchase at their Hopkinton or Chelmsford locations. You’ll find great selections of plants, products, garden décor and services that help you beautify your landscape, enhance your lifestyle and increase the value of your home. You may also use the credit for Weston Nurseries Landscape Services. “Because Life is Better in the Garden.”
Special Restrictions:$7,500 credit is good through 12/24/13 and is valid for one-time use on a single purchase, excluding tax. Credit has no cash value. Cannot be applied to prior purchases or used to purchase a Weston Nurseries gift card(s). If credit is used for Landscape Services, the property must be within a 60-mile radius of Weston Nurseries and the work must take place on mutually agreed-upon dates in 2013. Credit cannot be used for stonework.
Clothware’s well-edited mix emphasizes career, weekend, occasion and travel wear. A fine lingerie and sleepwear section focuses on the customer’s at-home wardrobe, where pure cottons and silks, as well as innovative synthetics, offer a taste of European style. Frequently updated accessories round out the package, featuring contemporary jewelry, handwoven scarves, bags, totes and hats. The winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to shop at Clothware’s new location in Porter Square, Cambridge.
Dress up your back yard with elegant, durable and beautiful pieces from Meitu’s outdoor furniture collection. They produce furniture using wrought iron, steel, aluminum and other alloys. Choose upholstery from their portfolio or have it tailor-made to fit the unique environment of your home. The winner will receive an $8,000 gift certificate to spend at Meitu.
The highest bidder will receive a gift certificate for a $5,000 shopping spree at any Frank Webb’s Bath Center—your F.W. Webb Showroom. A Frank Webb consultant will work with you to select from bath fixtures and accessories, kitchen fixtures, bath storage, lighting and more to create the bath or kitchen you imagine.
Special Restrictions:May be redeemed for merchandise only and does not include installation.
Innuwindow is your resource for custom and in-stock shades, blinds, shutters, drapery, hardware and bedding. They are one of the nation’s largest dealers of Hunter Douglas products and specialize in motorization and handling challenging windows. Innuwindow also carries extensive lines of fabrics for creating beautiful drapery, bedding and fabric shades. The winner will receive a $2,000 gift certificate to use toward the purchase of any product sold at their store in Natick.
Special Restrictions:Cannot be redeemed for cash. Travel charges may apply for delivery and installation.
Choose from a carefully curated selection of quality handcrafts, clothing and unique gifts with a $500 gift certificate from Irish Imports Ltd. A family-run business located in Porter Square, Cambridge, Irish Imports carries all kinds of handmade woolen goods from Ireland, teas, jewelry, pottery and more. Indulge yourself, treat your friends or find something special for someone special. Two gift certificates are available for bid.
For those who believe that their brain controls all aspects of their life, Boston Brain Works offers Brainwave Optimization, using HIRREM (High-resolution, Relational, Resonance-based Electroencephalic Mirroring™) and exercises tailored specifically to address each individual’s brainwave imbalances. Their clients have experienced relief from insomnia, stress and anxiety, compulsive behaviors and memory loss. This offer includes a Brainwave Assessment and 14 Brainwave Optimization Sessions. A $1,795 value.
Autographed Director’s Chairs from the Film “Labor Day”
A pair of director’s chairs autographed by members of the cast and crew of the film “Labor Day,” including stars Kate Winslet, Tobey Maguire, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith, and WBUR producer Lynn Jolicoeur. Based on the Joyce Maynard novel of the same name, “Labor Day” was shot on location in the Boston area this summer. Bid for your chance to own this priceless memento from the production.
Epicurean Sampler Delight
For those who love to eat out, a set of 12 gift certificates to a variety of the finest Boston-area restaurants that will satisfy any palate. Explore a place you’ve never been or revisit a favorite spot—you’ll be dining out once a month for an entire year! This package includes gift certificates to: Rowe’s Sea Grille, Flora, Chez Henri, Kika, Tremont 647, Redbones, Hamersley’s Bistro, Myers and Chang and more. A $1,380 value.
Grand Banks is a supplier of finished building products. Whether doing renovations or building a new home or office, they can outfit you with the products necessary for completion. Specializing in doors, windows, stairs, door hardware, wood flooring, counter tops, vanities and kitchens. 25 years of supporting projects both small and large. The winner will receive a $9,500 credit to use toward all the building supplies you need to complete your next project.
Special Restrictions:Credit must be used within one year of successful bid.
Enjoy a series of performances during Boston Lyric Opera’s 2012-13 season with a set of four subscription tickets located in the orchestra section. The BLO this year presents a grand season of all-new productions, including Puccini’s classic Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s enchanting romantic comedy laced with spicy irony Cosi Fan Tutte, and the American premiere of the 1841 critical edition of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Two sets are available for bid. Each set is valued at $798.
Special Restrictions:Valid for the 2012-13 Season only. Dates of performances are subject to availability. Location of seats: N105, 106; O114, 115; O6, 8; P2, 4.
Enjoy the experience of designing your own custom piece of jewelry, compliments of Fairbank & Perry Goldsmiths of Concord. Since 1983, Fairbank & Perry Goldsmiths have been designing and fabricating custom and original fine jewelry in precious metals and rare gems. Your custom piece will include gemstone(s) of your choice valued up to $5,000, and custom design services and materials also valued up to $5,000. The design possibilities are endless, and the process is fun and inspiring! A $10,000 value.
Special Restrictions:Custom work can include repurposing old jewelry/gemstones, but Fairbank & Perry reserves the right to decline gems that are too fragile or damaged to reset safely. They will not directly copy the designs of other designers. Initial consultation and design can begin immediately. Piece to be completed after January 31, 2013.
Julianna Rae offers fine silk and comfortable cotton sleepwear and lingerie that meet the fit and fashion needs of today’s eco-conscious shopper. Bid on a $1,000 gift certificate to use toward the purchase of any Julianna Rae silk sleepwear or intimates from juliannarae.com. Two gift certificates are available for bid. “The only thing more beautiful is you.”
Special Restrictions:Gift certificates are valid for purchase of full-priced silk items only and must be redeemed within one year of successful bid.
Zimman’s…celebrating three generations and 102 years! Visit their 40,000-square-foot showroom in Lynn featuring over 15,000 exquisite decorative fabrics from around the globe. Shop their eclectic mix of quality upholstered furniture, case goods, lighting, hand-woven rugs and accessories. Avail yourself of their custom services…window treatments, re-upholstery, bedding and design consultations. The highest bidder will receive a $2,500 gift certificate to use toward anything in the store. Three gift certificates are available for bid.
Capture a fun and candid snapshot of your furry pal with a professional pet photography session, courtesy of Fat Orange Cat Studio. The winner will also receive a 20 x 30 ready-to-hang canvas wrap of their favorite photo and will walk away with a beautiful, high-quality ready-to-hang work of art of your loved one for your home. Photo shoot lasts about 1.5 hours. A $750 value.
Special Restrictions:Winner must live in the metro Boston or Cambridge area or within I-495. For pet portraiture only. Up to two pets during the same session.
A unique 20-inch strand of lustrous Tahitian circle pearls in naturally occurring shades of silver-grey, green and gold. The pearls are enhanced by handmade 18K yellow gold “lentil” beads in a soft matte finish. The signature “torque” clasp is unusual and secure. This necklace is versatile and elegant for day or evening wear. A $5,500 value.
The Boston Fencing Club is the oldest fencing club in the country. Learn the techniques and tactics of this age-old sport—one of the few to have been featured at every modern Olympic Games. Beginners are welcome and no experience is needed. This offer includes adult or youth fencing lessons for six months for two people, two sets of equipment with mask, foil lame, glove, two body cords, electric foil, fencing bag, plus two BFC T-shirts and two Marx Developmental Training DVDs. Valued at $2,275. Two packages are available for bid.
Special Restrictions:Lessons are divided into three class terms (each term is two months, two classes per week). Winner must sign up for a membership to the United States Fencing Association for a fee of $65 per annum, per person (not included in this offer). Boston Fencing Club’s annual membership fee of $425 per annum is waived. Class terms do not need to be taken consecutively, but winner must enroll in a first month class term before Sept. 30, 2013.
Weekend Family Ski and Stay Package at Clay Brook at Sugarbush
Spend a winter weekend slopeside with your family or friends in an elegant one-bedroom suite at Clay Brook at Sugarbush in Warren, Vermont. Package comes with four two-day All-Mountain ski/ride tickets, giving you access to what Ski Magazine has called “the best terrain in the East.” A $2,000 value.
Special Restrictions:Special Restrictions: Valid October 2012 – October 2013, except holidays (12/22/12-1/1/13; 1/19/13-1/21/13; 2/16/13-2/24/13; 7/4/13-7/7/13).
Have certified arborists take the guesswork out of caring for your property with a $5,000 credit good toward arbor care services from Natural Tree & Lawn Care and Maltby & Company. Transform your outdoor home with expert tree maintenance services, including removals, pruning, planting and transplanting trees and shrubs. Let them guard your family, pets and landscape from potentially harmful bugs like mosquitoes, ticks and plant-eating insects.
Special Restrictions:Credit is good through September 1, 2013, and has no cash value. Credit must be split between both companies with a $1,500 maximum value for Natural Tree services. Credit cannot be applied to already proposed, scheduled or completed projects. Credit is good for labor and equipment.
Associate Producer for a Day
Learn the ins and outs of how a radio program comes together live at WBUR’s studios as an Associate Producer for a Day. You and a guest will start early with Bob Oakes and the Morning Edition team and then watch the live two-hour broadcast of On Point with Tom Ashbrook. After, you’ll head to Studio 2 for Here & Now with Robin Young followed by lunch with a WBUR host and the program’s production staff. The day will conclude with Radio Boston hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks.
Special Restrictions:Must be on a mutually-agreed upon date when all hosts are available. Must be redeemed within one year of successful bid.
From Blue Elephant Jewelers comes this beautiful 18k white gold ribbon pendant set with diamonds and sapphires. It’s perfect for your next formal event or party, or to wear every day just because you love it. The clarity of the diamonds in this piece is VVS. The pendant comes with an 18k gold chain. A $2,007.63 value.
Special Restrictions:Must be on a mutually-agreed upon date when all hosts are available. Must be redeemed within one year of successful bid.
If you are searching for a rug of lasting value, Dover Rug offers an extensive collection of hand-made rugs as well as fine custom-designed and wall-to-wall carpeting. Visit them at their location in Natick or Hanover and they will help you select and maintain the perfect rug for your home or office. The highest bidder will receive a $5,000 gift certificate to use toward your choice of a beautiful hand-knotted rug. Two gift certificates are available for bid.
Special Restrictions:Valid on in-stock hand-woven rugs only.
Personal Phone Greeting from Your Favorite WBUR Host
Have your favorite WBUR host record your personal phone message. Your family and friends will be delighted to be greeted by the voices you hear and trust on WBUR every day every time they call when you’re not there to answer!
Personal State House Tour
WBUR’s Steve Brown
The Massachusetts State House is a grand repository of history as well as an architectural treasure that’s been the seat of government for our state for 214 years. Political heavyweights including Elbridge Gerry, Calvin Coolidge, James Michael Curley, Tip O’Neill, and John Kerry all roamed the building’s halls at one time in history, and now you can too with a personal guided tour led by WBUR’s own Steve Brown who has covered events in the building since 1979. After the tour, enjoy lunch at the State House cafeteria with Steve. A priceless opportunity!
Hang an original Pawblo Picasso painting your home. The artist works from your own photographs and these paintings make wonderful gifts to pet lovers and a fabulous way to commemorate the favorite animal in your life. A $125 value.
We hope you'll join us. Please RSVP by October 5 to (617)353-0112 or click here.
The Dodge Dart Table
Premium seating for 20 with first choice of NPR/WBUR guest.
Dewey, Cheetham & Howe Tables
Premium seating for 20 with a featured NPR guest and the General Manager.
Stump the Chump Tables
Premium seating for 10 with a featured NPR or WBUR host.
Premium seating for 10 with a WBUR on-air personality.
Our Fair City Tables
Premium seating for 10 with a WBUR reporter.
Shameless Commerce Division Tables
Premium seating for 10 with WBUR news and programming senior staff.
Hal and Jodi Hess
Jim and Cathleen Stone, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation
Michael D. Goldstein
Allison E. Picott
Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize Presenters
James and Nancy Bildner
Gala Committee Doug G. Rauch
Michael D. Goldstein
Allison E. Picott
Nancy and James Bildner
Board of Overseers Doug G. Rauch, Chair
James L. Bildner
Michael D. Goldstein
William H. Hess
Robert J. Hildreth
Kevin H. Kelley
Deane B. McCraith
Arthur S. Obermayer
John C. Ruttenberg
Dr. Margaret Ruttenberg
Tedd R. Saunders
Richard J. Snyder, Esq.
James B. Zuckernik
Executive Advisory Council Peter Fiedler, Chair
Elizabeth G. Callanan
Robert E. Gallery
Elaine B. Kirshenbaum
Mary Jo Meisner
Carla E. Meyer
William J. Poorvu
Boston University Dr. Robert A. Brown, President
Todd Klipp, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Peter Fiedler, Vice President, Administrative Services
WBUR Charlie Kravetz, General Manager
Corey Lewis, Station Manager
Sam Fleming, Managing Director of News and Programming
Iris Adler, Program Manager
Jean Wong, Director of Finance
John Davidow, Executive Editor of wbur.org
Kristen Holgerson, Director of Marketing
Jeff Hutton, Director of Engineering
Mike Steffon, Director of Membership
Louise Kennedy, Director of Community Engagement
WBUR Development Darrell Byers, Director of Development
Sarah Nethercote, Senior Major Gift Officer
Clint Cavanaugh, Leadership Gifts Officer
Kathleen McCarthy, Manager of Annual Giving
Gala Staff Terri Park, Events and Promotions Manager
Luan Vokshi, Staff Coordinator
David DesRosiers, I.T. Coordinator
Douglas Wilson, Stage Manager
John Hoder, Stage Manager
Karl Voelker, Video Manager
Michael LeClair, Technical Stage Manager